When: Fri., March 28, 9 p.m. 2014
Since forming in Beijing in 2005, Carsick Cars have helped nurture China’s burgeoning indie-rock community, most notably as key members of the “No Beijing” scene—loosely modeled after the late-70s New York no-wave scene that produced the famous No New York compilation. Carsick Cars are unabashed fans of Sonic Youth, probably the best-known group with roots in that explosion of NYC postpunk—the Ministry of Culture yanked Carsick Cars off a Sonic Youth concert in Beijing in 2007, but later that year they got to tour Europe with their idols. Carsick Cars’ brand-new third album, 3 (Maybe Mars), sometimes sounds like Sonic Youth’s more hypnotic material, while other tunes have a strong garage-rock swing; “Wild Grass,” for example, starts out like a jangly 60s garage burner, then bleeds into a psychedelic jam. With help from coproducers Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3) and Hamish Kilgour (the Clean), Carsick Cars manage to combine transcendent beauty and ruthless catchiness—the engrossing, ethereal guitars on “White Song” seem to bring time to a halt. —Leor Galil Flavor Crystals, White+, and Famous Laughs open. Carsick Cars and Flavor Crystals also play at Permanent Records at 5 PM.
Price: donation suggested